17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

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17 days in Vietnam Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Hanoi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Drive + ferry:  4​h
2
Halong Bay
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Hue
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Hanoi

Hanoi ©
The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
Get outdoors at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake) and Kayaking & Canoeing. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Quarter and Temple of Literature & National University. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, view the masterpieces at Tired City Bao Khanh, see the interesting displays at Hanoi Police Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of One Pillar Pagoda.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hanoi road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Hanoi is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Toronto to Hanoi due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Halong Bay.

Things to do in Hanoi

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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Old Quarter ©
Old Quarter
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Halong Bay

Halong Bay ©
Halong Bay encompasses a cluster of verdant limestone islets that jut out from the sea and make up an enchanting setting recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hạ Long Bay and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Halong Bay route maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Hanoi to Halong Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Duong Dong.

Things to do in Halong Bay

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Hạ Long Bay ©
Hạ Long Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Island

Duong Dong ©
You'll get in some beach time at Starfish Beach and Long Beach. Get some historical perspective at Di Tích Nhà Tù Phú Quốc and Ho Quoc pagoda. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 2nd (Thu) at Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Duong Dong day trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Halong Bay to Duong Dong takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Hue.

Things to do in Duong Dong

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Phu Quoc Island, Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Waterfall, Vinpearl Land Phu Quoc
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Sao Beach ©
Sao Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Long Beach ©
Long Beach

2
nights
Hue

Hue ©
Nestled on the banks of the Perfume River, the city of Hue remains most famous as the former home of the Nguyen Dynasty, the influence of which remains evident in local palaces, temples, forts, and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the activities along Perfume River, steep yourself in history at Imperial City, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Tu Duc, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Thien Mu Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Hue trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Duong Dong to Hue takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hue are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.

Things to do in Hue

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Imperial City ©
Imperial City
Thien Mu Pagoda ©
Thien Mu Pagoda
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
nights
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park ©
Marked by underground rivers, famous caves, limestone cliffs, and tropical rainforests, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park wows visitors with a spectacular range of landscapes and wildlife.
Get in touch with nature at Phong Nha Caves and The Duck Stop. Step out of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park with an excursion to Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach) in Dong Hoi--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Paradise Cave, contemplate the waterfront views at Suoi Nuoc Mooc, take in the awesome beauty at U Bo Mountain (Nui U Bo), and take in the dramatic scenery at Phong Nha Botanic Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Hue to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. On the 8th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bai Da Nhay (Jumping rock beach)
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The Duck Stop ©
The Duck Stop
Paradise Cave
Paradise Cave
Phong Nha Caves ©
Phong Nha Caves

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